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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Kranish, Scott Helman Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Absorbing and fair-minded.”
New York Times

“Romney’s story in full and clear detail…fascinating in-depth stuff.”
Los Angeles Times

“A fascinating story [that] sheds next light on an elusive subject.”
Boston Globe

Despite his political prominence, Mitt Romney remains an enigma to many in America. Who is the man behind that sweep of dark hair and the high-wattage smile? A savvy politician or someone who will simply say anything to win? A business visionary or a ruthless dealmaker? In this definitive, unflinching, and widely-acclaimed biography by Boston Globe investigative reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, readers will finally discover the real Mitt Romney. Based on hundreds of interviews and more than five years of reporting, The Real Romney offers for the very first time a full understanding of this complex political figure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The great service of this new biography is that it humanizes Romney. The authors sniff over their subject with bloodhound thoroughness, dredging up old report cards, housing deeds, and family records and videos. They interview seemingly everyone who had contact with Romney every phase of his life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A narrative that’s absorbing and fair-minded…Perhaps the most useful portions of The Real Romney deconstruct his management style as a Bain executive and governor of Massachusetts, providing clues as to how he might govern as president.”

    New York Times

  • “Lays out Romney’s story in full and clear detail, including fascinating in-depth stuff about his family’s history…This book shows us a Mitt Romney for whom family and faith remain unshakable pillars and who knows that his ‘power-ally is money.’”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A genuinely compelling story and a more thorough record of Romney’s life than has yet appeared.”

    Washington Post

  • “A fascinating story that sheds new light on an elusive subject.”

    Financial Times

  • “A riveting and revealing look at a complex and enigmatic man.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Saskia | 2/16/2014

    " I liked it for how it showed who Romney is - both the person behind the mask and the process behind his failed campaigns. I could have done without all the private equity details but I'll concede that how Romney made his (vast!!) fortune is part of how he is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Clifford | 2/13/2014

    " This book first read like an advertisement for Romney and I thought I would not finish it. However, later when it described his governorship, it turned to well balanced accounting. There is a very interesting section describing how Romney came to support the health care act late in his tenure. Once he began his run for the presidency, he promptly abandoned it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stan Lanier | 2/13/2014

    " Nothing particularly trenchant here for anyone who pays attention to national politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shane | 2/8/2014

    " I liked this book because it wasn't a cheerleading book for Romney, but rather showed many of his faults or alleged faults along with his strengths. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's a biography that isn't fair in one way or another. This book is fair. Suggested reading for anyone who is having a difficult time making up their mind for whom to vote, or for anyone who'd like to know more about the history of Mitt Romney. "

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